ODU’s Offensive Firepower Too Much for FAU
After a slow start trailing 14-3 in the first quarter, the Old Dominion Monarchs put on an offensive clinic in the second half on the road to defeat the Florida Atlantic Owls 42-24.
The Monarchs (8-3, 6-1 C-USA) took the Owls (3-8, 2-5) lightly early in the game as they found themselves in an 11 point hole at the end of the first quarter, and trailed at the half 21-13. FAU put together effective drives in the first half led by Quarterback Jason Driskel who finished with 219 yards passing completing 15 of 27 passes. Owls running back Devin Singletary tallied two rushing scores in the first half and finished the game with 89 yards rushing on 17 carries. Receiver Kalib Woods was Driskel’s favorite target catching seven passes for 120 yards.
After halftime, the Monarchs offense exploded in Boca Raton. Running backs Ray Lawry and Jeremy Cox both had impressive games as Lawry totaled 25 carries for 117 yards on the ground, while Cox pitched in 11 carries for 63 yards, including an 84-yard receiving touchdown in the fourth quarter where he trucked a Owls cornerback before sprinting away from everyone.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a play like that. Generally, when you run somebody over like that, you get caught. That was a special play. You felt like at that point, the game was over,” Head coach Bobby Wilder said about Cox’s 84-yard touchdown.
While neither back reached the endzone on the ground, David Washington made up for them through the air. Washington completed 26 of his 36 passes for 416 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions putting on a quarterback clinic. He let it fly all night completing numerous passes over the top.
Monarch wideouts Zach Pascal and Jonathan Duhart had their way with Owl’s defensive backs. Pascal finished with nine receptions for 178 yards receiving and a highlight reel 45-yard touchdown, and Duhart finished with eight receptions for 72 yards, and three touchdown receptions. ODU would finish the game with a total of 623 total yards on offense, while the defense did its part in the second half holding FAU’s impressive first half offense which scored 21 points in the first half, to just three points in the second half.
ODU now has one game remaining in the regular season Nov. 26 at Foreman Field against the Florida International Golden Panthers. With a win and a Western Kentucky loss, the Monarchs will be crowned division champs, and clinch a spot in Conference USA Championship game. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
“It’s really gratifying, especially for our seniors, that with one game to go, we’ve still got a shot at winning a championship,” Wilder said.